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D455 - Countryside Management

Countryside Management

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: D455
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

This degree explores countryside management from a wide variety of perspectives, to equip you with a balanced overview of the competing interests on the countryside.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £18600

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB-BBB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

Your degree integrates elements from a range of subjects such as geography, ecology, wildlife conservation, agriculture, business and estate management. Topics include:

  • rural development
  • environmental and business management
  • agriculture and land management

Newcastle is an ideal place to study, combining a city-centre university with access to fantastic countryside for fieldwork.

You can boost your employability and professional skills with an optional placement year in industry or the commercial sector. You also benefit from:

  • access to our two University farms for hands-on experience
  • expertise at our Centre for Rural Economy, recipient of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2014
Students in a field looking at a data gathering instrument

Quality and ranking

Top 5 in the UK – the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 (Agriculture, Forestry and Food category).

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

You'll be introduced to a number of topics in rural development, environmental management, agriculture, study skills, business management and plant science. This lays the foundations for examining the problems of managing the countryside in a sustainable way.

You have the opportunity to experience management in action through a series of site visits in the region.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Introductory Business Economics 10
Environment and Land Resources 10
Academic and Professional Skills 20
Investigating Agri-food Systems from Farm to Folk 20
Investigating Rural Landscapes 20
Plants, Environment, Agriculture 10
Introduction to Agri-Food Business Management 20
Geographic Information Systems 10

You'll cover more specialised topics in land management, wildlife conservation, law, research methods, communications skills and countryside heritage.

You will have a choice of options, such as field identification, geology, crop and livestock production, soil science, farm management and accounting.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Landscape, Culture and Heritage 20
Environmental Management Skills 20
Academic and Professional Skills 2 20
Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation 20
Law and Land Use 10
Optional Modules Credits
Introduction to Non-Specialist Accounting and Finance 20
Marketing Strategy: Concepts and Applications 20
Agricultural Markets 10
Arable Crops 10
Introduction to Farm Management 10
Managing Soils in Agricultural Systems 10
Sustainable animal production systems 20
Field Identification Skills 10
UK Wildlife 10
Geological Resources 10
Career Development for second year students 20
Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability 20

A research project accounts for a quarter of your time and may be linked to a vacation project or work placement. Recent projects have investigated topics such as: game management; countryside tourism; wildlife gardening; solar farms; and wildlife conservation.

You study countryside management, sustainability and environmental valuation, and rural planning and politics.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Countryside Management 20
Rural Planning, Politics and Society 20
Special Study 30
Sustainable Development and Environmental Valuation 10
Optional Modules Credits
Farm Management 20
Biodiversity Science and Management 20
Applied Ecology 20
Environmental Law 20
Career Development for final year students 20
Advanced Career Development module 20
Community and Conflict in the Countryside 20
Creativity and Market Research in Science and Engineering 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

In stages 1 and 2 just over half of your teaching time will be spent in classroom-based lectures or seminars. The remainder will be made up of field classes, computer classes, and practical lab work. In Stage 3 greater emphasis is placed on project work, culminating in a final-year project based on a topic of your choice.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Practical skills

Field trips form an important part of your degree, these give you an opportunity to apply your knowledge to a practical setting. 

With easy access to nearby countryside from our location in North East England, you'll benefit from visits to Northumberland, County Durham and Cumbria to experience their varied landscapes and habitats.

Research skills

The Newcastle University-based Centre for Rural Economy specialises in interdisciplinary social science and applied policy research. You will have access to the expertise of our award-winning staff from across a range of specialties.

Opportunities

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You'll be based in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at our city-centre campus and have access to two commercial farms near to Newcastle.

You'll have access to an experimental station, providing field laboratories for evaluation and testing of pesticides and biocontrol agents. 

Our University farms, Cockle Park Farm and Nafferton Farm, will give you an insight into how real-world farms operate, so you're prepared for your future. Our farms are used for research, teaching and demonstration.

Support

As a new student, you'll receive a tablet so you can download online learning resources, helping to make our campus more sustainable.

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

There's also a staff-student committee, to give you an opportunity to have a say in how your degree works.

Your future

Many of our graduates have found employment in a range of organisations, including:

  • national park authorities
  • the European Parliament
  • Met Office
  • National Trust
  • UK wildlife organisations

Our Countryside Management and Rural Studies graduates most commonly end up in land-based and environmental careers such as chartered surveying, as a rights of way officer or part of a local conservation team working for charities and pressure groups.

Additionally, government organisations and private firms provide openings for agricultural or environmental advisers.

Graduates with an environmental science background find employment with conservation bodies such as Natural England, the Environment Agency, water companies, local government environmental health departments and other environmental protection agencies, undertaking roles as varied as environmental consultancy and environmental engineering.

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

ABB-BBB

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£18600

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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